Thoughts on reading Douglas Kelly’s Systematic theology and Psalm 19…
The heavens declare the glory of God. God is invisible. He is not accessible to our senses. Our eyes do not see him, for he is not made of matter. We do not hear him, for his passing does not ruffle the wind into sound waves.
And yet, God delights to reveal himself. How does God reveal himself to us?
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” God’s invisible attributes are seen in creation (Romans 1). The colors of the world direct us to look to the one who created the colors. The stars in the sky direct us to the one who scattered them.
The earth is perfectly placed – during the day, the sun shines and the stars are hidden. The stars are greater than the sun, but they are far away. And yet, they are not too far away. They “come out” at night when the sun retreats. And God’s wisdom and beauty and love are seen. He scatters Pleiades and Orion and ursa minor, so the hearts of men will rejoice. They look to the stars and see the familiar, the stability of the universe, they find their bearings.
For what reason does Mars sparkle red, other than for the delight of men and women? For what reason does the eye see in color, other than the delight of the children of mankind? There is far more to creation than the mindless pursuit of sex and food and reproduction. The law of the jungle doesn’t explain the platypus and the rainbow and the snowflake.
The heavens declare the glory of God.
God is supremely beautiful, but our eyes only perceive matter. So God created the world to reflect his beauty and his goodness.
The most common colors in all of creation are green and blue, the colors of rest and peace. How different would the world of men be if the sky shone red instead of blue or if grass was white instead of green.
God created the world to be a home for humankind, for man to rest in peace and rejoice.
The devil hates rest and seeks to destroy it. Shame and fear and guilt pound red in the eyes, the voice of enemies shout in black and white – nobody loves you. You are fat and stupid and worthless. God can’t even stand you. Look at you. You’re a disgrace. Shame on you.
Children of God, this isn’t the voice of God. God calls in love – come to the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. Find rest for your souls. God is a God of peace and desires that you find rest in Him. He who painted the earth in greens and blues also says, “Come unto me, and rest.” Cannot the one who put the stars in the sky to direct you north and south also guide you to the safe harbor across the Jordan of death? Does not the one who made the meadow know how to give peace and rest?
He leads me beside the still waters. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul.
The sky curves down and meets the earth. The sun descends into twilight. The horizon bursts into colors – blue and orange and purple and red. How beautiful it is when heaven meets the earth! And how much greater is the one who painted the sunset with the word of his mouth! He made the stars also! What a universe of wonder in such a few words!
How can the One who created the brook and the water-lilies be unable or unwilling to do us good?
Cease from warring against him. He became flesh in our Lord Jesus Christ. Immanuel. God with us. We could see him, hear him, watch him, hold him. They watched him eat and drink. They watched him sleep. And then he woke up and commanded the sea to be still. And there was peace.
This is the one who calls to you. Peace, little one. Be still. Your sins are forgiven. Your iniquities are pardoned. No one can harm you under my wings. Peace. Be still.
6 responses to “Peace and Rest–thoughts on Psalm 19”
Thank you! Pleased to meet you
And you as well!
Beautiful. So reassuring of God’s great love for His creation and especially for His children.
(You’re such a word lover. Just curious – Do you write any poetry?)
I haven’t tried… Perhaps one day
Amen. Today’s a gray day in SW Ontario, but it’s uncharacteristically mild. So my walk with the dog brought beauty in the sounds of the crows instead of the brilliance of a sunny day. The clip clop of the horses’ hooves as they trotted around the race track, the huffing of the serious runners from the local gym, and the sounds of rippling streams created by melting snow all brought beauty and rest to my soul. There’s joy and peace in knowing God, the Creator of all things, and although I prefer the sunny days and glorious sunsets, it’s nice to know that God the Comforter visits us on gray days, too.